Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
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Seminole County

Table of Contents
Table of Contents


Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography
2. Climate
3. Local Raw Materials

Part B--General Economy

Retail Market
Manufacturing Industries
New Industries

Part C--Government


Part D---Community Facilities

Transportation Facilities
Sewage and Waste Disposal
Water Supply
Communication Facilities
Educational Facilities
Health Facilities
Recreational Facilities
Police Protection
Fire Protection
City Streets
Banking Facilities
Construction and Service Facilities
Retail Facilities
Wholesale Facilities
Housing Conditions
Hotels and Restaurants
Radio Stations
Laundries and Dry Cleaners
Civic Organizations


Prepared By:

Sanford, Florida


Tallahassee, Florida


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Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography I

Location: Sanford is in Central Florida, 20 miles north of Orlando and 40
miles southwest of Daytona Beach.

Chief topographical features: Flat. St. John's River skirts town. Elevation,
7.6 feet to 50 feet.

2, Climate
Annual January April July October

Normal temperature 72.1 61.6 70.7 81.9 74.6
Normal rainfall 50.51 2.35 2.21 7.63 4.66

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in spring, January 28;
usual date of first killing frost in fall, December 23; average length of
growing season, 329 days.

3. Local Raw Materials

Timber: Pine and hardwoods are available five to 15 miles from town and
cypress is available 10 to 15 miles from town. United Lumber Company, Bob
Williams, and E. V. Byrd operate sawmills.

Minerals: None.

Agricultural products: Celery and other vegetables, and citrus fruit.

Other: Cattle.
Part B---General Economy

1. Population

Est1 1949* 1940 1935 193

County total 30,000 24,560 22,304 12,192 18,735
City total 15,000 12,497 10,217 10,903 10,100
Negroes in county -- 11,754 10,751 10,763 8,431
Negroes in city 6,229 5,472

*Estimate by Sanford Chamber of Commerce.

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro.

2. Labor

Unions: A. F. of L. represents building trade workers. Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad employees are represented by the various railroad brotherhoods.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 604; unskilled Negro male,
500; unskilled white female, 404; unskilled Negro female, 400; skilled white
male, $1.50; skilled Negro male, $1.00; skilled Negro female, 700.

3. Retail Market

General: Sanford serves as the retail trade center for Seminole County and
parts of Volusia and Lake counties.

1948 Effective Buying Income per family in city, $3,397; in county, $3,282.*
1948 Estimated total retail sales in city, $12,311,000; in county, $14,810,000.*
1948 Estimated retail food store sales in city, $3,446,000; in county,
1948 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in city, $1,277,000; in
county, $1,277,000.*
1948 Estimated retail drug store sales in city, $342,000; in county, $365,000.*



Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities

Railroad: Sanford is on the main line of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Freight and passenger services are available. Pick-up and delivery service
for less than carload freight is available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Direct
air express service is available. Free pick-up and delivery for express is

River: Sanford is at the head of navigation on the St. Johns River. The U. S.
Government has just completed dredging to a depth of twelve feet which gives
an inland waterway route from Sanford to Trenton, New Jersey; wiLth a prevail-
ing depth of twelve feet. The City of Sanford is building a terminal and many
water transportation companies have indicated their intention of operating here
when the facilities are available.

Highways: U. S. Highway 17-92 and Florida Highways 46 and 415 pass through

Local bus service: Local bus service is available.

Intercity bus service: Florida Greyhound Lines has 23 buses daily through

Intercity trucking facilities: Tamiami Trail Tours, Great Southern Trucking
Company and Central Truck Lines provide statewide trucking service. Tampa,
Jacksonville, Miami and Savannah are the principal cities that can be reached
by an overnight truck haul.

Air: Sanford Municipal Airport has 68,992 square feet of hangar space and
three 6,000-foot runways. The field is open to private planes. Charter cross-
country flights are available. Scheduled commercial transportation is not

2. Power

General: Florida Power and Light Company owns and operates the generating
and distribution systems. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the
company's office.

3. Fuel

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: South Atlantic Gas Company distributes artificial gas rated at 525 B.t.u.
per cubic foot. Copies of rate schedules can be obtained at the company's

Bottled gas: Green's Fuel Gas Company distributes butane rated as 130,000
B.t.u. per gallon. Delivered cost is approximately 28 per gallon; commercial,
approximately 220 per gallon.

4. Sewage and Waste Disposal

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers cover the city. Sewage is not treated.
Plans are being made for new system and disposal plant. System is financed by

Industrial waste: Industries use incinerators or dumps at own expense.

Garbage: Garbage is collected twice weekly.

5. Water Supply

Operator: City.



5. Water Supply (Cont.)

Source: Wells. Present source considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorinated. Consumption: 1,300,000 gallons per day.

Chemical analysis: Available from City of Sanford. This water has an alka-
linity expressed as CaC03 of 127 p.p.m., a Chloride Ion of 55 and a
hardness expressed as CaC03 of 147 p.p.m.

6. Communications Facilities

Telephone service: Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company operates a
manual exchange serving 2,840 company-owned stations, 160 rural stations and
25 toll circuits.

Telegraph service: Western Union has office hours of 7:30 A.M. to 10 P.M. on
week-days and 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. on Sundays and holidays.

7. Educational Facilities
Elementary Junior High High


Number of schools 3 1 1
Present enrollment 712 222 482
Present capacity 900 250 500


Number of schools 2 0* 1
Present enrollment 736 400
Present capacity 450 -300

*Combined with high school.

Vocational training for white students: Agriculture and commercial subjects.

Vocational training for Negro students: Agriculture, commercial subjects
and manual arts.

Libraries: Sanford Public Library; Seminole High School Library.

8. Health Facilities

City: City does not have a health department.

County health department: Staff of one full-time and two part-time doctors,
and three nurses. Operates venereal disease, maternity, child health and well-
baby, and tuberculosis clinics.

Hospitals: Fernald-Laughton Memorial Hospital, a general hospital, has 125

. 9. Recreational Facilities

Public parks: Ninth Street Ball Park, Diamond Ball Park and Fort Mellon Park.

Athletic fields: Seminole High School football field and Municipal Ball Park.

Other: Tennis courts, Mullet Lake Park, Municipal Swimming Pool, and Big Tree
Park are publicly operated.

10. Police Protection

City: Force consists of 21 policemen. City has three police cars equipped
with radio.




10. Police Protection (Cont.)

Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at night. City jail
is not approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

County: Sheriff's office and Highway Patrol furnish protection outside the
city limits. County jail is approved for quartering Federal prisoners.

S11 Fire Protection

City: Force consists of 11 firemen. City has five engines and one station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 6.

County: City fire department will answer calls in county when possible.

12. City Streets

General: 80%o of the streets are curbed. Approximately 20% of the streets
should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the next five years.

13. Banking Facilities

General: Sanford Atlantic National Bank, total resources, $6,321,039; Florida
State Bank, total resources, $4,748,481; Bank of Oviedo, total resources,

14. Construction and Service Facilities

Type and number: General contractors, 7; architects, 2; land surveyors, 6;
general machine shops, 2; machine repair facilities, 1; foundries, 0; consult-
ing engineers, 3.

15. Retail Facilities

Type and number: Department stores, 6; grocery stores, 64; drug stores, 5.

Parking: City has 275 parking meters and 1 parking lot.

Vacant stores: There are no vacant stores in the business district.

16. Wholesale Facilities

General: Sanford is the wholesale distribution center for the area. Special
markets are operated for the sale of vegetables. Commercial cold storage,
commercial freezing and public warehousing facilities are available and adequate

17. Housing Conditions

General: Housing situation has improved considerably. Practically all homes
are occupied. Many new houses are being constructed.

18. Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels: Number, 4; rooms, 300.

Restaurants: Number, 14; seating capacity, 400.

19. Newspapers

Daily: The Sanford Herald, circulation, 3,100.

Weekly: Sanford Builder, 3,600.

20. Radio Stations

General: Station WtRR operates on 1400 kilocycles, with power of 250 watts.

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21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners

Commercial laundries: Number, 3.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 7.

22. Civic Organizations

Organization and name of president: Chamber of Commerce, John D. Ivey;
Junior Chamber of Commerce, John Senkarik, Jr.; Rotary, George Touhy; Kiwanis,
W. A. Morrison; Lions, Cliff Ables; Elks, Jesse Lodge.

23. Churches

Denominations: Congregational, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist,
Catholic and Christian.


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